Thursday, August 30, 2007

Coeur Alaska should work with SEACC
Although I still have concerns about the impact of the Kensington Mine on the environment in Southeast Alaska, I laud the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council for its suggestion that Coeur Alaska return to its original plans for disposal of the tailings.

Annex Mexico
It has been reported that as soon as a means to inspect Mexican truckers has been established, they will be allowed to carry cargo anywhere in the United States.

Thank you, Sgt. Hatch
I wanted to take the time to add my thanks to Brenda Carabajal's regarding the Randall Clevenger case.

Labor pool shortage not really a surprise
I got a good laugh out of the article about the Juneau labor pool drying up ("Is Juneau's labor pool drying up?" Sunday's Empire).

Back to remedial math
After reading Thomas Baxter's letter about the buy-out of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which in the process makes every Alaskan a millionaire, with $63 billion supposedly left over, I did some checking.

Some should resign over Gravina road
The people behind this Gravina road system need to get their priorities in order or step down from their positions.

Failing miserably
Recent articles by KTUU News, the Anchorage Daily News, and the Juneau Empire on "No Child Left Behind" contain words such as "success," "progressing" and "improved."

Business Digest
First Choice Health hires new manager, Silverbow hires new operations manager, Naylor joins Mount Edgecumbe staff, Hort returns to SEARHC dental staff, Resource Data Inc. hires programmer

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Mine Training Center to open soon
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh, left, and Department of Labor Commissioner Clark "Click" Bishop cut the ribbon to the new Mining and Petroleum Training Service Mine Training Center, located in the UAS Technical Education Center.

Palin now a part-time resident
Gov. Sarah Palin will be in the state's capital only intermittently until January.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Once in a lunar eclipse
It was not just another lunar eclipse in Juneau. For one thing, you could actually see it.

City advised to recycle more
Consultants told Juneau residents Wednesday night the city's best option is to keep its landfill and increase its recycling.

Commissioner says she supports director's move to Anchorage
A plan to move the Senior and Disabilities Services Division director's office from Juneau to Anchorage originated in the division and not at the level of governor or commissioner, according to the commissioner overseeing the division.

Photo: Nice day to work in the yard
Bradley Fluetsch waters flowers Tuesday in his yard next to his North Douglas home. Fluetsch took advantage of the sunny weather to work on his garden and greenhouse.

Photo: Construction rolling along
Tony Don, left, and Paul Demiero, center, heavy equipment operators for Bicknell, work on fresh asphalt as Jeanni Fabiano, a quality control inspector for R & M Engineering, tests the depth of the asphalt on the west student parking lot of Thunder Mountain High School.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers

Finding the silver lining in a cloud of grief
Grief is an inevitable and fitting reaction to the loss of a loved one, yet it can be painful and difficult to overcome. Part of the mission of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is to help members of the community deal with the shock, loneliness and other emotions that are a natural part of the grieving process.

Thank you
'Bear Day' a success thanks to sponsors, Thanks to Juenau Youth Center's volunteers,

Why Alaska needs a 'citizen legislature'
I don't usually write about politics, but as an old legislator who served in the Alaska House of Representatives and the state senate let me add my two cents' worth.

Neighbors Briefs
Widowed persons' brunch to be held Sunday, Eagles vs. Ravens open house set for Thursday, JDHS Class of 1988 Reunion needs alumni for planning committee, Celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day, Sept. 8 at Nugget Mall

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Outside editorial: Welcome to the U.S. of the unread
Remember when everyone was in a veritable and justifiable kerfuffle over G-men snooping around libraries and bookstores to see what patrons were reading, all in the name of the War on Terror?

Alaska editorial: End 'drive-by' mastectomies
For those of a certain age, our nation's collective memory of women who have beaten breast cancer goes instinctively to the vision of Betty Ford making a point to wave to well-wishers when she was released from the hospital.

My turn: Dry tailings option could be an 'awesome' solution for everyone
Hellooo! That's what my daughter would say to me when she was a teenager and I was being totally oblivious to the obvious.

Honestly, Alberto, we don't trust you
You probably think Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned Monday because he was the most controversial Justice Department chief since John Mitchell went to prison for Watergate crimes.

My turn: Buy American; it matters
Recent recalls of Chinese products are a reminder of one of the dark truths about a global economy: Americans buy from abroad because of a perception that foreign goods are cheaper. Unfortunately, all Americans ultimately suffer because of this belief.

Outside editorial: Bush should usher ethics bill into law
We share some of President Bush's concerns about the ethics bill that Democratic congressional leaders will put on his desk after Labor Day. It will not end all the hanky-panky in Washington. Not by a long shot. Still, the measure goes far enough to warrant his signature.

My Turn: Coal will take us backwards
Alaska stands at the crossroads of an exciting energy future, with a North Slope gas line, a Southcentral Spur line and world class renewable energy sources ready to provide cleaner, more secure power supplies and good, long-term jobs.

Photo: Softball tournament
The champs: The Local 52 Terminators beat the Pirates to win their division at the 11th Annual Coed Benefit Softball Tournament on Aug. 19.

JDHS run stuffers face stiff test
While it may not exactly be the immovable force and irresistible object, Friday's football contest between Juneau-Douglas High School and Palmer presents each team's major strengths going head to head.

Military official sees changes for Interior
The Fairbanks area can expect more changes as the Interior adjusts to its new role as a military training center, according to the commander of the Alaska Command.

Bob Barker says price is right to move Maggie
Here's the deal: If the Alaska Zoo sends Maggie the elephant to a sanctuary in Northern California, retired game show host Bob Barker says he'll kick in $750,000 to help take care of her.

Weyhrauch, Kott seek dismissal of evidence
Former state Reps. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, and Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, are maneuvering to have big chunks of the prosecution case thrown out of their corruption trial, scheduled to begin next Wednesday in Anchorage.

Ketchikan crash survivor says son died trying to save family
The crash itself remains a blur, but Mindy Mayer says she remembers what happened after the sightseeing plane carrying members of her family hit the ground near Ketchikan, Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Palin agrees with decision to sell dairy, drunken driver seeks sentence reduction, pedophile suspect arrested at airport

Northwest Digest
Ferry rudder issues force rescheduling, lawsuit seeks to cut back immigrant fees, Alaska Airlines jet bumps into another, gusts whip wildfire near Idaho ski area, company banks on nearly-organic fruit

Bear shootings may be work of vigilante
Speculation is increasing that someone has decided to solve bear problems near a small development south of Anchorage by shooting bears and leaving them to rot near Bird Creek.

Global warming trip pairs evangelicals, scientists
Standing at a federal visitors center that once offered views of a spectacular glacier, global warming's odd bedfellows got a firsthand look Wednesday at the effects of climate change on America's northernmost state.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

State test shows gap between poor students, others
While 68 to 80 percent of Juneau students passed the most recent state achievement test, one area continues to stand out: Poor students are more likely to fail the test.

Kohring wants trial moved to Washington
Former Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, wants his trial moved from Alaska to Washington state, saying corruption has "become a mainstay of local discourse" and he likely can't get a fair trial anywhere in Alaska.

State moves toward selling dairy
The state agency overseeing Matanuska Maid has decided to sell the state dairy.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Horse gives old coat its blue-ribbon story, look
Joyce Larson was so busy scrubbing down cows and adding a new layer of filth to her 30-year-old jacket Tuesday afternoon that she almost missed cleaning up at the Alaska State Fair's Crusty Carhartt and Tales contest.

U.S. education secretary tours Alaska schools
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings toured schools in two remote Alaska towns on Wednesday as part of a Bush Administration campaign to tout the successes of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which is up for reauthorization this year.

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